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never received one penny of profit.
Instead they have been forced into
debt trying to collect only a part of
the compensation postoffice officials
have declared are due them!
The cancellation mark symbolizes
the cancellation of a great man's
hopes and a sweet little mother's
dreams for her children.
When Marcus Norton, a young pa
tent lawyer, had taken out a patent
in 1853 on his device -which cut in
half the time and expense in can
celing millions of letters, he submit
ted the machine for use in various
Norton's invention was used for
years and no appropriation was made
to pay for it Finally, in 1870, con
gress authorized the postoffice de
partment to use the invention.
The department insisted that for
the use of the invention before that
time the individual postmasters alone
were liable. Suits brought against
them for indemnification never re
sulted in Norton's getting a penny of
Norton's business went to ruin, he
lost his health, borrowed money to
press his claim and finally died.
For half a century 'the case has
been swathed in tangled red tape,
batted back and forth from congress
to the postoffice department to the
court of claims.
Only congressional action now can
cause payment of the claim. A bin
was brought forward during the pres
ent session of senate to pay $50,000
to Norton's heirs.
This sum, Mrs. Norton's lawyer
says, is only a fraction of what the
case has COST so far.
Mrs. Norton still hopes the patent
will be officially purchased at a fair
In the meanwhile she is waiting in
the little home where her two daugh
ters, Miss Ada and Miss Estelle Nor
ton, an actress and music teacher,
earn enough to keep the household
going; , ,
NO LACK OF COLOR IN SPRING
Did you say dye famine? It may
be on the way, but it hasn't arrived,
if one may judge by the colors that
bloom in spring millinery. The
Easter bonnet may be all-black straw
or gray braid, but most likely it will
be a rainbow tinted affair of Geor
gette crepe or printed silk.
The effect of flowered crepe draw
ing tightly over a low crowned, wide
brimmed sailor in gray or rose tints
is charming and especially becoming
to girlish faces.
10,000 MILES TO WEDDING
Miss Vera Cohn
A 10,000-mile journey to attend a
wedding! This long distance record
was made the other day when Miss
Vera Cohn arrived in San Francisco
from Australia to witness the mar
riage of her brother, L. Cohn, a cigar
dealer. She brought with her a mag
nificent ring as a gift to the bridge-to-be,
Miss Mary Alexander,
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